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Bensalem High School

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World Languages

Spanish 1 (06101)

Credit: 1.0

 

Students will be exposed to communication and culture in the basic level language.  Class is conducted a majority (90-100%) of the time in the Target Language (Spanish) in order to expose students to an immersed situation.  Exposure to multiple cultural aspects will serve as a foundation for Level 1 students who wish to continue pursuing a language.  Year 1 students will work on primarily effective listening and reading skills.  According to the ACTFL performance ratings students will learn to communicate on a Novice Level.


 

Spanish 2 (06102)

Credit: 1.0      

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 1

 

This course is designed for the student who is interested in further developing communicative skills in Spanish.  Emphasis will be placed on expanding listening and speaking skills and developing vocabulary within meaningful contexts.


 

Spanish 3 (06103)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 2

 

Recommended: Minimum average of ā€œCā€ in Level 2 or administrative discretion based on a diagnostic exam.  Level 3 courses are taught completely in the target language.  Students are required to actively participate and learn the target language.  It is essential that students begin to achieve fluency through conversational, grammatical, and auditory language practice at a higher level.  Students will be exposed to a number of cultural norms and begin to read, write, and speak at an intermediate level.  According to the ACTFL rating scale, students should move from at least a Novice Mid learner to at least the intermediate Low level learner.



Spanish 4 (06104)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 3

 

This course enables students to study the language in greater detail, to expand their knowledge of Spanish speaking countries, and to read for comprehension from a variety of authentic sources. Students will utilize the spoken language more often than has been done in Spanish I, II, and III. It is highly interactive and targets communicative competency. This course provides the student with a truly delightful experience that makes the Hispanic language and cultures come alive.

 


Spanish 5 (06105)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 4

 

This course will prepare the student with greater depth in all language skills: listening, speaking reading and writing. It continues to emphasize oral and written skills developed through a survey of Spanish literature and contemporary life. Journal writing, group projects, and cultural activities will expand linguistic skills and promote cultural awareness.



Spanish for the Heritage Speaker 1 (06106A)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Spanish is the primary language spoken in the home

 

Designed for the heritage speaker, this course will be conducted entirely in the heritage language. This course offers Spanish-speaking students an opportunity to study Spanish formally in an academic setting in the same way native English-speaking students study English language arts. The course allows students to acquire Spanish literacy skills, to develop or augment Spanish academic language skills, and to enhance career opportunities.  It focuses on the development of communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening as well as an understanding of Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the United States. Students will also develop an awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures including language variation, customs, geography, history, and current events.



Spanish for the Heritage Speaker 2 (06106B)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish for the Heritage Speaker

 

This course offers a continuation and extension of the Spanish for the Heritage speaker.  In addition, the students will build stronger proficiency skills through more complex themes and settings.  With the creation of the business academy and need for highly proficient speakers in the professional world, focus will be on developing advanced skills in Spanish for the various careers.

 


French 1 (06121)

Credit: 1.0

 

Students will be exposed to communication and culture in the basic level language.  Class is conducted a majority (90-100%) of the time in the Target Language (French) in order to expose students to an immersed situation.  Exposure to multiple cultural aspects will serve as a foundation for Level 1 students who wish to continue pursuing a language.  Year 1 students will work on primarily effective listening and reading skills.  According to the ACTFL performance ratings students will learn to communicate on a Novice Level.



French 2 (06122)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of French 1

 

French 2 emphasizes grammar, vocabulary and reading skills within the framework of communicative activities.  Students will be exposed to culture through short reading experiences and enhanced technology.



French 3 (06123)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of 2

 

Recommended: Minimum average of ā€œCā€ in Level 2 or administrative discretion based on a diagnostic exam.  Level 3 courses are taught completely in the target language.  Students are required to actively participate and learn the target language.  It is essential that students begin to achieve fluency through conversational, grammatical, and auditory language practice at a higher level.  Students will be exposed to a number of cultural norms and begin to read, write, and speak at an intermediate level.  According to the ACTFL rating scale, students should move from at least a Novice Mid learner to at least the intermediate Low level learner.

 

 

French 4 (06124)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of French 3

 

This course enables students to study the language in greater detail, to expand their knowledge of French speaking countries and territories, and to read for comprehension from a variety of realia. It is highly interactive and targets communicative competency. This course provides the student with a truly captivating experience that makes the French language come alive.

 

 

French 5 (06125)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of French 4

 

This course will prepare the student with greater depth in all language skills: listening, speaking reading and writing. It continues to emphasize oral and written skills developed through a survey of French literature and contemporary life. Journal writing, group projects, and cultural activities will expand linguistic skills and promote cultural awareness.